Florida Women’s History
The Florida Commission on the Status of Women seeks entries for the 2020 Women’s History Video Contest from students in grades 9-12, from March 1 – May 31, 2020. The Commission invites students to participate in order to gain a more thorough appreciation of women’s contributions throughout history, to celebrate those contributions, and to increase awareness of the contributions specifically of Florida women, past and present.
The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the United States Congress on June 4, 1919 and was ratified on August 18, 1920. This amendment granted the vote to women, which was considered a radical change to many Americans. Since 1980, women have voted in equal or greater number than men.
To help get out the vote and increase voter participation in the 2020 Florida elections, the FCSW invites high school students to create 30 to 60 second public service announcement videos encouraging eligible voters to register and turn out at the polls.
“As we begin 2020, we hope that this contest will inspire our high school students to learn more about the women and men who contributed to such a major turning point in our country’s history,” says FCSW Commission Chair Rita Barreto Craig. “The Florida Women’s History Video Contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation’s great history and learn about the importance of voting.”
The FCSW will widely distribute and publicize the winning videos and others from the contest as part of the 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial Celebration, a statewide commemoration of the passage of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote.
For more information on the Video Contest, please call Rebecca Lynn at 850-414-3529.